I am currently recuperating from my sun exposure and thought I might as well post a "what I did this weekend" entry.
On Friday night I rallied the troops (i.e. Greg and Warren) and we went down to the South Park Stone Store. I was hoping for growler fills of Baird/Ishii/Stone Green Tea IPA but I misunderstood Andrew (who told me about the beer) and they only had bottles for sale. We did a little negociating and got tastes of it, and ended up buying a dozen. The beer is very good, and does this great little trick on your tastebuds: it has a hard hoppy flavor when it first hits your tongue and you expect to get a big punch of bitterness that never arrives, it just fades into a soft, mellow finish. Now I'm sure there's better descriptions of this beer out there, but I'm not one of those high-falootin' beer snobs with thousands of ratings on RateBeer.com so you can just head on over there if you are looking for that sort of thing.
After Stone we walked around the corner to Station to grab some food. I generally enjoy my trips there, the food is fantastic and they have some decent beers on tap. This trip we had a not-so-great waitress who pulled a disappearing act right after giving us the check, which is one of my restaurant pet peeves. But the food was fab, and there weren't a ton of dogs in the place so I was basically happy - I just wish they would consider changing their beer lineup once in a while, I can only drink so many New English Brown Ales and Airdale Ambers.
Saturday morning we went to Small Bar for their Beer for Breakfast brunch with Lightning Brewery. This was my first experience with their beers and I found them to be quite good. I forsee a trip to the Lightning Brewery tasting room in the not too distant future. Oh, and the food and serivce at Small Bar are top notch, they are quickly becoming my favorite bar. I'm certain I'll be doing a full post on them sometime soon.
We finished our day up with a trip out to Santee for the Manzanita Brewing 1st anniversary party. It was a hard choice for me as the other event happening was Lost Abbey's Christmas in July, but a Beer for Boobs benefit won out over Toys for Tots, plus I've been up to the Abbey tasting room before and this was our first trip to Manzanita. Between the three of us we were able to taste all of their beers, and I enjoyed almost everything - their IPA didn't wow me, but I'm not a fan of the style so I'm not a good judge for that. They had a couple of food trucks so we grabbed some fries from Devilicious that went well with the beers. The only bad part of the day was getting too much sun out in Manzanita's parking lot.
Upcoming events I am looking forward to: Wednesday is Drinkabout amd you know I will be riding the bus all night stopping at my favorite bars and trying as many new beers as I can guzzle. Saturday brings the Green Flash official grand opening for their Mira Mesa brewery/tasting room which gives me something to do to keep my mind off of Comic Con.